Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kentucky Oaks and Louisville Distaff preview

Well only one more day till the big dance of the Derby. But first tomorrow we have the Kentucky Oaks with Rachel Alexandra and Justwhistledixie along with undefeated Breeder's cup Distaff winner Zenyatta coming back to match up with One Caroline an undefeated 4 year old grey mare. Let's start it off with the Louisville.

Louisville Stakes at Churchill Downs
Grade 2
$350,000 1 1/16 miles

1.Swift Temper 15/1
2.Zenyatta 4/5
3.Miss Isella 15/1
4.One Caroline 3/1
5.Unforgotten 20/1
6.Modification 20/1
7.French Kiss 30/1
8.Unbridled Belle 3/1

I had a hard time picking a favorite here. I loved One Caroline's romp last time out at Gulfstream(see picture above) but Zenyatta is also undefeated and won the Distaff last year and Older female of year honors. Sorry Caroline but Zenyatta, on paper, is the better horse here. I pick Zenyatta to win, One Caroline to place and I'll throw French Kiss to show. Now onto the major race for tomorrow.

The Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs
Grade 1
$500,000 1 1/8 miles 121 lbs. all

1.Tweeter 30/1
2.Be Fair 15/1
3.Stone Legacy 30/1
4.Gabby's Golden Gal 10/1
5.Justwhistledixie 5/2
6.Rachel Alexandra 3/5
7.Nan 20/1
8.Flying Spur 8/1

Of course I'll be picking RACHEL ALEXANDRA to romp here. I'll take Gabby's Golden Gal to place and Nan to show. Go Rachel!

Tomorrow is lady's day at the Downs so grab your hat and purchase yourself an Oak's Lily and tune in to the Kentucky Oaks. I'll have a recap tomorrow along with a preview of the Derby. Have a great evening!

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